A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert M. Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff
This past week Pastor Bob called us to fast. What do you know about a calling to fast? There are examples of fasting in both the Old and New Testaments. With what is probably the best known being CHRIST fasting for 40 days and while doing so reminded us to fast, using a simple phrase "when you fast" notice it is NOT "if you fast."
There are some other examples of fasting such as Psalm 35:13 - But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. (KJV)
This past week when Pastor Bob called for a 24 hour fast for the babies in the womb. How many of you followed his example? How many of you humbled yourselves before the Lord then turned to scripture and found Ezra 8:21 - Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of Him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. (KJV) and prayed and fasted for "our little ones?"
Look at the example CHRIST gives us about fasting in Matthew 6: 16-18 Moreover when
ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their
faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. (KJV)
Before starting any fast, be certain you are fasting for the right reason. You have to go to God on your knees and pray asking Him to help you.
I have found that when I fast, satan will lurk around every corner he can and try to lure me away from the fast. Let me forewarn you brothers, when you feel satan discouraging you, immediately fall on your knees in prayer asking God to give you the strength to overcome the hurdles being placed in you way.
Most people are very hesitant to tell others that they are fasting. They say this is to avoid the sin of the Pharisees: they do not want to fast just to gain recognition for themselves. I do not believe that. This is a wrong understanding of the scriptures and is commonly used by satan to keep us from fasting.
The exact procedures for fasting are varied. On a 24 hour fast such as the one Pastor Bob called us to I try to follow a fairly routine daily schedule but make certain to start and finish the day and thus the fast with prayer.
Here is a schedule that might be of help.
Morning - awake to praise and worship the Lord and read and meditate on His Word. As God to help you and ask Him to use you in your family, your church and the community.
Noon - Get away from the "normal" and pray. I have found that I can easily go for a walk in a secluded area and have a great amount of prayer. You might want to use this prayer for a special praise for answered prayers.
In the evening I try to spend some more time alone. NO TELEVISION! Get alone with God and thank Him for helping you in your fast.
None of what is outlined here is that hard to do, especially for 24 hours. There is more, have you tried a 7 day fast yet? Or even more challenging, how about a 40 day? I must confess, I have not made it to the 40 day mark yet as I guess the spirit is willing but my body is too weak. We will come back later and explore other aspects of fasting.
To all: Pastor Steve has been extremely faithful in doing the Fridays thoughts, I would ask you to thank God for him and his and to mention Him and his in your daily prayers, ask the Lord to keep him and his safe, protecting them with angels with flaming swords who are not politically correct and are willing to use the flaming swords to protect Steve and his family. The Lord bless you all,
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May He be with Colby as he has now arrived at Paris Island and strted boot camp, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf. Amen.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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